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Gregg Popovich on the release of Michael Finley

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"I just made a decision to play other people. We honored Michael's request to seek another team. He asked, and he decided to do it and to do it the right way to do it before the cut off date so that he could go with a team that he could play with in the playoffs. Because it happened very quickly, the weekend before I think Monday was the cutoff day- Monday or Tuesday if I remember it right. And we talked about it in my house over the weekend. We granted his request."

"I was surprised when he asked because I didn't think that would be something that Michael Finley would ask to do. But I think one has to be realistic and put oneself in those shoes and if you are toward the end of your career and somebody is not going to play you and you still want to play more basketball, what's wrong with asking to play elsewhere and trying to play as long as you possibly can if that's what you want to do. That's what he did and I don't blame him for that a lick. There's no malice or anything- he's one of the greatest guys I've ever coached. But he wanted to keep playing, he didn't want to sit there on the bench for the rest of the season. There's nothing wrong with that, he wanted to play."